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13 December 2016

FA YOUTH CUP: We go to Exeter full of positivity - Latics Academy Head Gregor Rioch

  • Latics U18s v Exeter City, FA Youth Cup 3rd Rnd, St James Park, Tuesday Dec 13, kick off 7.30pm
  • Winners to Face Southampton at home in the 4th Round
  • “Exeter really tough challenge but what an incentive” – Academy Head Gregor Rioch  
Latics’ Under 18s headed out on the long journey to the South-West on Monday afternoon ahead of their FA Youth Cup 3rd Round match against Exeter City, tonight, Tuesday 12 December.

Nick Chadwick’s team are looking to emulate last season’s magnificent achievements when Latics reached the 5th Round for the first time in the club’s history following victories over York City, Lincoln City, Stevenage Borough and Derby County, eventually falling in extra time to Manchester City at the DW Stadium. 

The winners of this match will be hosting Southampton and Wigan Athletic’s Head of Academy Gregor Rioch says what better incentive could there be? 

“Both teams will be thinking the same,” he said, “Everyone wants to pit their wits against the top academies but we have to take great care not to get ahead of ourselves, we need to be completely focused on the Exeter match first, as they will be on us.

“Exeter are an excellent set up under Simon Heywood and they are a team who have been playing really well, and in Ethan Ampadu, they have a player who has first team experience and who is attracting interest from many clubs. They have home advantage and will be very confident as a result, it’s up to us to deal with that.

“But we have got a good system and the players are familiar with it, we like to play it from the back and pass it through midfield.

GREGOR RIOCH: We know how we want to play

“We have suffered one or two injuries this season which has set the team back but they are gelling well as a group and will be boosted by the likes of Sam Stubbs, Callum Lang and Matty Taylor who have been playing up with the Development Squad this season.” 

On travelling down the day before and having an overnight stay, Rioch added: “We felt that it was important as a club to give the players a taste of what a first team away day would be like and give them that experience and incentive for the future, in terms of travelling and spending time together as a group.”

On the Under 18s coach Nick Chadwick, Rioch said: “It’s hard when you’re coming into a new environment but Nick has done excellently, he is a very talented coach who can go a long way in the game and he has built a terrific team spirit within the dressing room.”

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